London: Andy Murray admits he felt almost powerless in the face of Roger Federer’s greatness as the Swiss swept through to a 10th Wimbledon final.
Murray was bidding to clinch his second title at the All England Club but Federer outclassed the Scot to win their semi-final 7-5, 7-5, 6-4 and book a Sunday showdown with Novak Djokovic.
Friday evening was grim for those with emotions invested in world number three Andy Murray. Federer was aggressive from the outset and served brilliantly on Centre Court, offering Murray only one break point in the opening game, before breaking his opponent at the end of each set.
‘Didn’t play badly’
“I definitely don’t feel like I played a bad match,” Murray said. “He served fantastic, apart from the first game where I had the chance there. I didn’t really have any opportunities. That puts pressure on you. The pressure builds throughout the set that way.
“Obviously I got broken right at the end all of the sets but I didn’t actually play a bad match. I played pretty well.”
Murray has six days to recuperate before the tie begins at Queen’s Club and the Briton maintains that come Friday, he will be over his Wimbledon heartache and raring to go again.
“The match itself won’t be hard,” Murray said.
“It’s more making sure that I do the right stuff over the next week really because the next few days are tough.
“When I’ve lost in slams in the past, it’s always the same a few days afterwards. I do find it hard.
“I’ve always enjoyed it when I’ve played but obviously I need to rest and then prepare properly for the tie.”